Warm, Cozy Woodstoves .  . .  and the PM They Produce: Home Interventions Show Mixed Results in Protecting Children with Asthma

PDF Version (578 KB) About This Article Published: 17 October 2017 Note to readers with disabilities: EHP strives to ensure that all journal content is accessible to all readers. However, some figures and Supplemental Material published in EHP articles may not conform to 508 standards due to the complexity of the information being presented. If you need assistance accessing journal content, please contact ehponline@niehs.nih.gov. Our staff will work with you to assess and meet your accessibility needs within 3 working days. Related EHP Article Randomized Trial of Interventions to Improve Childhood Asthma in Homes with Wood-burning Stoves Curtis W. Noonan, Erin O. Semmens, Paul Smith, Solomon W. Harrar, Luke Montrose, Emily Weiler, Marcy McNamara, and Tony J. Ward Millions of households in the United States and other developed countries, particularly those in rural areas, rely on wood-burning stoves for heat.1,2,3 Wood smoke contains particulate matter (PM), which potentially can exacerbate respiratory symptoms in children with asthma.3,4 A new study in Environmental Health Perspectives used a randomized control trial approach to test whether interventions at home improved health measures for children with asthma. The results showed that neither efficient stoves nor in-home air filtration had much effect on the children’s quality of life, although some lung function measures did improve.5 Asthma is characterized by inflammat...
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